Volunteers looking for a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with an adventurous edge will love the Buena Onda (good vibes) that Chileans live by. Chile is known for its striking, extreme landscapes, including the Atacama Desert, the Andes Mountains, over 3,000 miles of coastline, and the undiscovered region of Patagonia. Chile has one of the strongest economies and one of the most stable democracies in Latin America. Ongoing efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in regions of the country offer volunteers the unique opportunity to work with locals for the improvement of their communities.
As a volunteer in Chile, you can choose between helping teach English, being a caregiver at a daycare center, working in a rehabilitation center for children and teens with physical disabilities, or assisting with daily tasks at a women’s shelter.
Volunteers with interest in healthcare can work in a physical rehabilitation center or a medical facility helping to improve the lives of impoverished people. Healthcare professionals will assist with various medical tasks based on experience and certification. The primary task for students is observation.
Volunteers in Chile have the opportunity to teach English at a local school, care for children in small day care centers around Santiago, and provide support for both women and children at women’s shelters.
As a United Planet volunteer in Chile, you’ll receive a walking tour of historic downtown Santiago, Chile’s capital city. Learn about the history of this vibrant country and get acquainted with your new surroundings.
While in Chile, you’ll also tour the coastal city of Valparaíso, the “Jewel of the Pacific.” Valparaíso is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, thanks to its unique urban design and beautiful architecture.
You’ll participate in a weekly cultural activity for the first two weeks of your stay in Chile. Examples include a Chilean cooking class or salsa dancing lesson.
If you stay in Chile for four or more weeks, you will go on an excursion and immerse in Chile’s unique natural environment. Possibilities include hiking in the Andes Mountains or touring a Chilean vineyard.
All volunteers in Chile live with host families in Santiago, Valparaíso, or Viña del Mar. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Chilean culture and speak the language with your new friends.
Add ten private Spanish Language sessions to your Quest. This is a great way to enhance your Spanish conversational skills and will allow you to communicate better with your host family and volunteer project. This Spanish Immersion Course includes ten 90-minute private sessions at a language institute in Santiago. You will be able to schedule these sessions at your convenience, usually in the afternoons after you complete your volunteer work for the day.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All Chile staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. In addition, we register all of our volunteers with US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations. Read more about health and safety.
Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from Chile. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Chile and will ensure that you arrive safely at your host house. Public transportation to and from your project is cheap and easy with Santiago’s public transportation system or on foot. Daily commuting costs are covered by volunteers.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.